Thursday, December 22, 2005

Spa Offers Relief for 'BlackBerry Thumb'

Getting a little relief from that thumb thing ...

"As spa director of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., Kyra Johnson was very familiar with the ravages of "BlackBerry thumb."

"If you look around at any office or train station or airport," she said, "you see people hunched over PDA equipment and using their hands in ways that the hand wasn't really meant to be used.

What's called BlackBerry thumb today was dubbed "Nintendoitis" in the '80s when button-smashing kids complained of pain after hours of playing video games.

But the condition is actually called "deQuervain's tendonitis" and is a result of irritation of the tendons along the thumb side of the wrist, said Alan Hedge, the director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory at Cornell University. And it can be severe."   continued ...   (Via ABC News)

Blackberry Thumb. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Blackberry Thumb.

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